CodeSmith Generator 6.5: Standalone Template Editor

We recently released CodeSmith Generator 6.5.0, which includes many new features and improvements. We added a completely new stand alone Template Editor to CodeSmith Generator 6.5. It offers all of the rich functionality you would expect to have inside of an integrated development environment (IDE). We also modeled Generator Studio after Visual Studio’s IDE to provide you with a consistent and familiar editing experience no matter where you are at.

The following document will walk you through some of the features of the new standalone Template Editor.

Intellisense support for non Template documents.

Do you remember the days when you were working inside of a C# or Visual Basic file and didn’t have IntelliSense? We do too unfortunately, but we have fixed this in Generator 6.5!

One can now manage the default references of any C# or Visual Basic document via the References tool window. Once you add a reference to the References tool window, that reference will become immediately available to you via IntelliSense in your documents.

Print Support

We added the ability to print documents in our stand alone editor. Now you can print any document for offline reading.

Find and Replace

We made sure to cover all of the bases when it comes to Generator Studio. The Studio also includes a refined Find and Replace tool window. We still have some areas of refinement to make to the find dialog, so please let us know if you come across a scenario that doesn’t work as expected.


We added theme support to Generator Studio as well. This adds a whole new level of personalization and refinement in Generator Studio.

You can completely configure the selected theme and colors in the Generator Options. We also added a feature to allow you to import your existing Visual Studio themes!

Colored Tabs

The Template Editor now features colored tabs to show off generated content. This allows you to quickly identify generated documents from template documents. The document tabs can also be easily managed through context menus like Close All, Close All But This and Close All Generated.


After using Generator Studio to generate and edit documents, you may find that you are opening a specific template multiple times. As such, we’ve added JumpList support. This will speed up the time it takes to open a recently used template, you can also pin your templates as well!

The ultimate experience.

We’ve done a lot of work to unify the experience across Generator and will continue to make refinements across the board. Specifically, we’ve focused on common work flows that every user will come across when using the Template Editor. We believe that CodeSmith Generator 6.5 will save you time and money by making it easier to do your job. For example: We’ve made it easier to open files, browse for folders and files, detect external changes, and regenerate documents.

Also, if you are using Windows Vista or newer, then you will experience friendly native windows controls (dialogs, folder and file pickers).

Downloading CodeSmith Generator 6.5

CodeSmith Generator 6.5 is a major version update and requires a new serial key. You can upgrade your existing serial keys by visiting the following website. Also, don’t forget to check out the Generator 6.x documentation and the upgrade documentation.

Please let us know if you have any feedback or questions about CodeSmith Generator 6.5.

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